In honor of National Young Reader’s Week Nov. 4-8, the students of Marguerite Vann hosted several events throughout the week.

It was kicked off with their 5th Annual School Wide Reading Day event. The students dressed up as their favorite book character and participated in a school wide Book Character Parade that was led by CLIFFORD the Big Red Dog.

Over 48 local community members & business professionals such as State Sen. Jason Rapert, University of Central Arkansas President Tom Courtway, Conway Chamber CFO Laura Grimes, Miss Conway Outstanding Teen Maddie Brindley and Conway Schools Superintendent Dr. Greg Murry came in to share stories with the students.

Children’s author Bill Farris conducted a fun school wide assembly on the importance of literacy. It concluded with each child receiving a brand new book.

During the previous week, books were collected and donated to the City of Hope Outreach Ministry. The students enjoyed sharing in this community service project.

Research shows that bringing book characters to life for children helps enhance their comprehension skills. Reading opens children’s minds to creativity and helps expand their general knowledge. The overall goal of this event was to get children excited about reading while exposing them to local role models as we prepare them for the future.